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Biostatistical evidence for two distinct chronic open angle glaucoma populations.
  1. M Schulzer,
  2. S M Drance,
  3. C J Carter,
  4. D E Brooks,
  5. G R Douglas and
  6. W Lau
  1. University of British Columbia, Department of Statistics, Vancouver, Canada.

    Abstract

    Twenty-six eyes of 26 patients with low-tension glaucoma and 34 eyes of 34 patients with high-tension glaucoma were studied. Fifty-one measurements were available on each patient, including visual field indices, finger blood flow measurements, as well as haematological, coagulation, and biochemical and rheological variables. Multivariate analysis revealed two statistically distinct groups of patients, with low and high tension glaucoma cases equally distributed in both. The smaller group (15 patients) showed a suggestion of vasospastic finger blood flow measurements, and had a high positive correlation between the mean deviation (MD) index of field severity and the highest intraocular pressure (r = 0.715, p = 0.0008). The second, larger group (45 patients) showed disturbed coagulation and biochemical measurements, suggestive of vascular disease, and had no correlation between the MD index and the highest intraocular pressure.

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